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watercraft ("cabin barges") Wright proposed. There is also a "doodle" page with two small plan studies, an elevation, and perspective views of yet another
couple (?) of cabin types.
Monograph 4 has much less: a plan drawing and two of the dramatic cabin perspectives, and a sheet with plan and elevation of a "cabin float."
Pfeiffer's first paragraph here succinctly enumerates the building types:
I have never seen measured section drawings, plan details, etc, much less CDs of any kind, for this project; no surprise, as the commission was never consummated.
What's in Taschen is pretty much the same as what's in the book I mentioned. I was hoping for something that had a higher level of detail (sorry, I did a bad job describing in my first post). I'm not seeing a whole lot with firm dimensions or nice sections through. That doesn't mean it's impossible to make a model of it, just that there would more likely need to be an extra level of interpretation, which is never a good thing and should be avoided as much as possible.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to see those barges floating in a lake, lit up at dusk with the sun setting?
You described the problem sufficiently; sadly, there just aren't any working drawings of the project, I believe. Maybe I'm wrong . . .
Nevertheless, someone has made a digital model of one of the houses. With our crippled Search function here, at present, I don't know how to find our previous discussion of that one. I think it may be the Fir Tree "cabin" . . .
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... 84cc909a2c
It's extremely similar to some of the cabins for Tahoe.
I make no promises about doing Tahoe as a model. David and I have discussed what we want to do next together and there will be a few things before that, but Tahoe is high on my list. The only issue is the lack of detail on the drawings, which can lead to lengthy and serious discussions (like with the Spaulding Print Room). The beauty of it is that it consists of numerous small buildings, so doing one every now and then may be feasible.
I'll never forget the first time I saw the rendering for one of the barges. It absolutely took my breath away. Still does, in fact.
Roderick, that's an interesting piece of news! Do you have any more information on that?
Wright's drawings for the Auldbrass Guest House include a watercraft, shown docked next to the structure; see below. And David De Long, as part of a lengthy discussion of
Wright's angular plan geometries in his Auldbrass book, shows the same "Cabin for Two" (also titled "cabin float" on Wright's sketch) that is included in the Taschen Tahoe
entry; he notes the hex-angled prow and stern as seminal incidents of these angles, there presumably suggested to Wright by the need for some degree of water-worthiness . . .
Wright's much later Auldbrass vessel sports the same hex prow and stern.
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Published in De Fries, Berlin, 1926
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Published in De Fries, Berlin, 1926
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Type - Fir Tree, ElevationÃ¢â‚¬Â�
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Has anyone seen this colored perspective view ? The drawing has been published in monotone . . . but could this be the premiere of its colored-pencil version ?
The plan is published in Sweeney, "Wright in Hollywood," p 105 -- but at tiny size and in black-and-white.
The elevation is previously unpublished -- isn't it ? Wow. Incidentally, I wonder if paper conservationists are able to remove any of the wrinkling from that tracing paper ?